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Maoist link case: Bombay HC acquits Ex Delhi University professor GN Saibaba

Mumbai: Former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba has been acquitted by the Bombay High Court of alleged Maoist links. The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court has given this verdict today, accepting his petition filed against the conviction and life imprisonment.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Mumbai: Former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba has been acquitted by the Bombay High Court of alleged Maoist links. The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court has given this verdict today, accepting his petition filed against the conviction and life imprisonment. A division bench of Justice Rohit Dev and Justice Anil Pansare has also ordered their immediate release.

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Wheelchair-bound Saibaba is currently lodged at the Nagpur central prison. In the year 2017, he was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Gadchiroli court in Maharashtra, against which Saibaba had approached the Bombay High Court. Saibaba, who is 90 percent physically handicapped, was arrested in 2014 for supporting Naxalites. Saibaba has been raising voice for the tribals and tribes from the very beginning. GN Saibaba, who is wheelchair bound due to physical disability, is currently lodged in Nagpur Central Jail.

The bench also accepted the appeal of five other convicts in the case and acquitted them too. One in five has died pending the hearing of the appeal. The Bench directed the immediate release of the convicts from jail unless they are accused in some other case.

In March 2017, a sessions court in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district convicted Saibaba and others, including a journalist and a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student, for alleged Maoist links and indulging in activities to wage war against the country.

The court had convicted GN Saibaba and others under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and various provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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